More airports needed for improved global connectivity among BRI countries

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Mr Liew delivering the keynote address at the recent Belt and Road International Transport Symposium.

Many countries have under-appreciated and under-built airports, resulting in a deficit in airport infrastructure that is inadequate in meeting increasing passenger demand, particularly in Asia and in many BRI countries that will see some of the strongest growth in the next two decades.

Surbana Jurong Chairman Liew Mun Leong shared this and other views on airport infrastructure at a keynote address at the recent Belt and Road International Transport Symposium (BRITS), a key forum of the World Transport Convention (WTC) 2018 held in Beijing on 20 June. WTC 2018 was hosted by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), China’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and organised by the China Highway and Transport Society (CHTS). The event, in its second year running, was well attended by over 5,000 officials, academics and executives involved in transport planning, engineering and technology.

In his speech titled “Airports – Crucial Infrastructure in Enhancing Global Connectivity Amongst BRI Countries”, Mr Liew shared his insights on the importance of airport infrastructure in enhancing connectivity and promoting economic progress. He highlighted the urgent need to build more airport infrastructure to cater to the booming air travel demand. In addition, he suggested that the contrarian economic principle of “Supply Driving Demand” was particularly relevant for the aviation industry due to the lengths of time required to plan, design and build an airport. Mr Liew also encouraged countries along the BRI to make use of the varied sources of infrastructure funding to expand their airport infrastructure, and engage private-sector partners with deep airport development expertise to help expand present airport capacities.

Surbana Jurong to provide feasibility study and business planning for Indonesia’s Kertajati International Airport

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Kertajati International Airport, the second largest after Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta, soft launched on 24 May 2018. Photo credit: BIJB Airport and Aerocity Investment Company.

Kertajati International Airport in West Java, Indonesia had its soft opening on 24 May 2018, inaugurated by the President of Indonesia, Mr Joko Widodo.

Surbana Jurong’s Aviation team was the appointed consultant for technical feasibility study and business planning for the airport, which is the second largest in Indonesia. Also known as Bandar Udara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB), the airport will facilitate international tourism to Bandung, capital city of West Java province; it is targeted to cater for 18 million passengers per annum in the next few years.

Our Aviation team provided a comprehensive overview of the airport’s planned infrastructure in determining the feasibility of operations in legal, safety and financial terms. A 25-year period financial forecast was also prepared in collaboration with accounting firm KPMG. The team then presented a set of findings and recommendations on Operational and Business Infrastructure, Airport Management Organisation and Financial Performance, which was the first cornerstone in moving this project towards completion. The airport is expected to be fully operational in June 2018, in time to relieve domestic traffic on the roads across Java Island during the Hari Raya holidays.

ST Engineering, Surbana Jurong and CAPE form Consortium for overseas airport development projects

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Left to right: Surbana Jurong’s Group CEO, Wong Heang Fine, ST Engineering’s President & CEO, Vincent Chong and CAPE’s Managing Director, Peter Lee

Singapore, 21 March 2018 – Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today announced that it has joined forces with Surbana Jurong Private Limited (Surbana Jurong) and Changi Airport Planners and Engineers Pte Ltd (CAPE) to form a consortium of Singapore-based companies to participate in overseas airport development projects and meet rapidly growing aviation needs.

With projected global airport development expenditure estimated at more than US$1 trillion up to 2058*, the Consortium plans to develop a comprehensive export strategy for this business area with a particular focus on Asia Pacific markets and cities with strong growth potential.

Tapping on the unique strengths and complementary capabilities of the companies, the Consortium will deliver holistic, end-to-end solutions that can transform the global airport development industry, enhance the efficiency and security of airport operations, as well as improve air travel experience. This will drive the Consortium’s common objective in implementing smart city initiatives worldwide that enhance standards of living and improve the lives of people.

Harnessing its deep technological capabilities in areas such as data analytics and artificial intelligence, ST Engineering will deliver cutting-edge, next-generation solutions that power global smart cities and transform airport operations. These include the Group’s proven technologies such as analytics-driven airport operations command systems, security solutions such as counter drone, sensor-based intruder detection as well as biometrics screening, unmanned aerobridge systems and autonomous baggage handling systems that promote safe, secure and efficient airport operations.

With its expertise and proven track record in urbanisation, industrialisation and infrastructure planning, Surbana Jurong will offer its full suite of multi-disciplinary services, such as master planning of aerotropoli, large-scale infrastructure, services design, as well as building consultancy services for the aviation sector.

CAPE, the lead consultant for airfield engineering for Changi East Development which encompasses Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 5, will complement the collaboration with its expertise in airport master planning, airfield and engineering, terminal planning, as well as project management.

The Consortium will enable access to the partners’ experience and expertise that strengthen its global, go-to market strategy, as well as deliver greater economies of scale, efficiency and effectiveness.

The MOU was signed by Mr Vincent Chong, President & CEO of ST Engineering, Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO of Surbana Jurong, and Mr Peter Lee, Managing Director of CAPE.

Mr Vincent Chong, President & CEO of ST Engineering said, “Airports of the future are a destination in themselves – less like transit hubs and more like mini Smart Cities. Airport operators have the opportunities to fully harness the power of new technologies from sensors to robotics and data analytics that redefine the travel experience in an integrated manner. This is where ST Engineering, with our strong capabilities in technology and engineering, in collaboration with our partners, Surbana Jurong and CAPE, can positively impact the air transport industry – bringing holistic solutions that leverage new technologies and processes to develop Smart Airports.”

Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO of Surbana Jurong said, “As one of the largest Asia-based urban and infrastructure consulting firms, Surbana Jurong’s strengths lie in the ability to weave airports into the surrounding urban fabrics, creating vibrant aerotropoli that boost the economic development of cities – the airport cities of the future. Our team’s aviation track record spans Singapore, Asia and the Middle East. With this collaboration with CAPE and ST Engineering, we are able to offer a complete integrated solution for aviation clients globally.”

Mr Peter Lee, Managing Director of CAPE, said, “Having worked on over 60 projects in more than 20 countries, CAPE has extensive experience in a broad spectrum of services including master planning, airport engineering, terminal design and project management. We look forward to collaborating with Surbana Jurong and ST Engineering in overseas airport development projects. This partnership harnesses the strengths and experience of three well-established Singapore companies to offer bespoke and comprehensive engineering solutions to airports around the world.”

In the coming months, the companies will initiate activities as part of their strategy to expand the Consortium’s presence in target overseas markets, which include defining tender participation requirements, and developing best practices and go-to-market approach recommended by the steering committee.

*Estimates are drawn from Sydney-based CAPA Centre for Aviation’s research released on 20 July, 2017.

About ST Engineering
ST Engineering (Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd) is a global technology, defence and engineering group specialising in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. The Group employs about 22,000 people across offices in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, serving customers in more than 100 countries. Its employees bring innovation and technology together to create smart engineering solutions for customers in the defence, government and commercial segments. Headquartered in Singapore, ST Engineering reported revenue of S$6.62b in FY2017 and it ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of the FTSE Straits Times Index, MSCI Singapore and the SGX Sustainability Leaders Index.

About Surbana Jurong Private Limited
Surbana Jurong Private Limited (SJ) is one of the largest Asia-based urban, industrial and infrastructure consulting firms. Leveraging technology and creativity, SJ provides one-stop consultancy solutions across the entire value chain of the urbanisation, industrialisation and infrastructure domains.

Headquartered in Singapore, the SJ Group has a global workforce of 13,500 employees in more than 120 offices across over 40 countries in Asia, Australia, UK, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, and an annual turnover of around S$1.5 billion.

SJ has a track record of over 50 years, and has built more than a million homes in Singapore, crafted master plans for more than 30 countries and developed over 100 industrial parks globally.

SJ’s motto ‘Building Cities, Shaping Lives’ reflects its belief that development is more than just steel and concrete. SJ creates spaces and designs infrastructure where people live, work and play, shaping cities into homes with sustainable jobs where communities and businesses can flourish.

About Changi Airport Planners and Engineers
Changi Airport Planners and Engineers (CAPE) was formed in 2007 to provide airport planning and engineering consultancy services to airports worldwide. As a part of Changi Airports International (CAI), CAPE has extensive experience as a consultant, manager and investor in airports in more than 20 countries in four continents. CAPE takes a far sighted and integrated approach to design and capacity planning, aimed at delivering service quality without compromising on sustainable growth and room for expansion. Together with Changi Airports Consultants (CAC), the consultancy arm of CAI, CAPE develops integrated solutions that enable its partner airports and investee airports to offer the best-in-class travel experience while optimising their commercial potential.

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AsBAA lifetime-achievement honour for Surbana Jurong’s aviation director

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Caspar is part of the Surbana Jurong Aviation team working to win the Changi Airport Terminal 5 design project

Caspar Baum, Surbana Jurong’s Director of Aviation, is the winner of the Mike Davis Award for lifetime achievement, conferred by the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA). He received his award at the association’s Icons of Aviation charity gala on 10 November in Hong Kong.

The award, one of the few in the world that acknowledge the contributions of individuals in the aviation industry, recognises Caspar’s nearly 30 years of commitment to architecture and specifically to his work in aviation architecture in the past two decades.

Caspar was born in Hannover, Germany, and graduated as an architect from University of Stuttgart. His wife Luisa Makariadi also works in Surbana Jurong, and is a senior aviation consultant like himself. They are part of the Surbana Jurong Aviation team working to secure the hottest project in aviation right now – to design Changi Airport’s Terminal 5.

Surbana International Consultants appointed to manage Maldives airport expansion project

Aerial view of Maldives Airport Expansion Project
Aerial view of Maldives Airport Expansion Project

Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) has appointed Surbana International Consultants to provide project management consultancy services for the expansion of Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA), Maldives.

The expansion works include:

– A new international passenger terminal building;
– A new code F runway;
– A new cargo terminal;
– A new fuel hydrant system;
– Apron expansion; and
– A new fuel farm for Jet A fuel, diesel and petrol storage

Surbana International Consultants will also be providing Design & Engineering review and project management consultancy services for the scope of works listed above.

The expansion project is targeted for completion within 30 months.

INIA currently handles approximately 2.3 million passengers a year and the traffic will increase drastically within the next few years. INIA has the world’s biggest seaplane operation with 450 movements daily and is seeing increasing frequencies annually. The airport is also the gateway for all international passengers travelling to the exotic resorts in the country.

With the expansion, the airport will increase its capacity to 7 million international passengers and 1.5 million domestic passenger movements. The new runway and taxiways will improve aircraft movements and handling on the ground, as well as upgrade passenger experience to international standards.

Managing Director of Maldives Airports Company Ltd, Adil Moosa said, “It is our privilege to have Surbana International Consultants Pte Ltd as our project management, design and review consultancy service for the development of Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. It is an internationally reputed and well known firm, involved in a number of project throughout the world. Some of their current work includes construction supervision of Terminal 4 of Changi Airport and concept and detail design of Myanmar International Airport. For these reasons we are confident that MACL has selected the right party for this project and this will lead to a successful completion of the development project of INIA.”

Chief Executive Officer of Surbana International Consultants, Pang Yee Ean, said, “Surbana’s competitive advantage lies in our ability to provide a full suite of seamless consultancy services by tapping on our various lines of businesses. Our aviation team are thought leaders who combine their international and local knowledge into a streamlined and synergised approach towards client service. We are happy to contribute significantly to Maldives’ connectivity as an international destination as it continues to build its reputation as a world-renowned resort destination. We look forward to working with MACL for this significant national project for Maldives’ infrastructure development, and will provide MACL with the appropriate professionals to deliver the project.”

About Maldives Airport Company Limited

Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) is a 100% government owned limited liability company incorporated under the Companies Act of the Republic of Maldives. MACL is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the President of the Maldives. The Corporate Office of MACL is on the island of Hulhule’, Republic of Maldives.

The establishment of MACL came through various government departments which had been responsible in the past for the operation of Hulhle’Airport. Hulhule Airport was opened on 12th April 1966 and government created Airport Office to manage Hulhule Airport. Since then Hulhule Airport has undergone various development phases and Male’ International Airport (MIA) was opened as the first international airport on 11thNovember 1981 with the provision of essential services and airport office was replaced by Maldives Airports Authority. On 10th November 1982 Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was established by merging Maldives Airports Authority and Department of Civil Aviation to provide aviation services to ICAO accepted level. On 12thDecember 1988 government dissolved CAA and formed Maldives Airports Authority (MAA) and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). With rapid growth of MIAL, the need for a commercial entity to manage the airport was recognized, thus on 1st January 1994 the government detached MAA establishment as a separate commercial entity rather than part of the government administration and subsequently MAA was incorporated into Maldives Airports Company Limited as a limited liability company effective on 1st August 2000.

About Surbana International Consultants

Surbana International Consultants ( is a leading urban solutions consultancy.

A Singapore, Temasek-Linked company and award winning urban solutions consultant, our clients value and trust us to meet their development needs.

Our expertise is backed by over 50 years’ experience building more than a million homesacross 26 townships and shaping the urban landscape in Singapore – one of the world’s top 10 best cities recognised for urban sustainability.

From masterplanning to engineering, architecture design, project management, land reclamation, coastal engineering, underground engineering & city management, Surbana’s expertise cuts across many sectors – real estate, aviation, healthcare, infrastructure.

Our multi disciplinary team of experts knows what it takes to provide urban solutions in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.We have completed projects in 90 cities in 30 countries over the last 10 years.

Today, Surbana employs over 2,200 employees in 14 cities across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.